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Connecticut's Unemployment Rate Creeps Up To 5.8%

Connecticut's unemployment rate ticket up to 5.8 percent in June, according to figures from the Connecticut Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Connecticut's unemployment rate ticket up to 5.8 percent in June, according to figures from the Connecticut Bureau of Labor Statistics. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. –Connecticut's unemployment rate ticket up to 5.8 percent in June according to figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The unemployment rate in May was 5.7, and 5.5 in June of 2015. The number of unemployed state residents (2,300, 2.1%) increased in June.

“Connecticut’s large swing in job growth from May to June mirrored a similar pattern nationally,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “While we can’t pinpoint an exact cause, it seems likely to be due to a change in seasonal pattern rather than an actual swing in labor markets.”

The state added 7,900 jobs (0.47%) in June 2016 to a level of 1,693,400, seasonally adjusted.

Connecticut has now recovered 99,200 positions, or 83.3% of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted total jobs that were lost in the state during the March 2008 - February 2010 employment downturn.

Job gains were noted in two of the four Connecticut labor market areas. In the New Haven region, 5,600 jobs were added, a two percent gain. The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk region added 3,330 jobs, an increase of eight-tenths of a percent.

Over the year, the New Haven region has added 1.9 percent more jobs, while the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk region has added 1.3 percent more jobs.

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